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Beavers paint practice field blue for Boise State

Posted on: September 20, 2010 4:04 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

One of the things i've always admired about Mike Riley and the Oregon State Beavers is their willingness to play anybody, anywhere.  While a lot of AQ schools are content feasting on cupcakes before entering conference play, the Beavers will take on any challenge, and are even willing to travel to do so.

Last season they traveled to Penn State, and this year they took on TCU at JerryWorld to start their season and are now getting ready to head to Boise State this Saturday.  It's a pretty big game for the Beavers, and one they're going to have do some serious gameplanning for.

So to help his team prepare, Riley isn't leaving any stone unturned trying to find an advantage for his squad.  He isn't leaving any blade of grass unpainted either.

Riley is having Oregon State's practice field painted blue this weekend.  The paint comes courtesy of an anonymous donor, so at least the school isn't paying for it, but i don't quite see what the advantage will be of practicing on a blue field.  It's likely the only thing this will accomplish is leaving the players' practice jerseys streaked in blue.

Though if the Beavers go up to Boise and pull the upset this weekend you can bet that future schools will follow suit before making the same trip.

(Photo courtesy of LindseyRae19's Twitter page)
Comments

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2010 3:11 pm
 

Beavers paint practice field blue for Boise State

Yeah it was like when I played football on a muddy or snowy field.  It wasn't the adverse conditions that bothered me, it was the field being brown or white instead of green that made the players appear to be different distances apart.  It was just as bad as playing in a 110º heat index.  Get real


Your missing the point here.  It doesn't matter what the change is.  When you make a drastic change to the conditions that you are accustomed to playing in, it take time to adjust.  A football game ain't that long, if it takes just one quater to adjust hn you are already at a huge disadvantage.



Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2010 2:54 pm
 

Beavers paint practice field blue for Boise State

It wasn't taxpayer's money and sure as h*** wasn't stimulus money. It came from a very generous and concerned alumni that wants to see the Beavers with as good of a chance as possible. The different color of the field DOES mess with your depth perception and practicing on that color turf SHOULD make a noticeable difference in the Beaver's chances of an upset. It's the same thought as in the opening game against TCU. The Beavers got down to Jerry World early in the week and practiced in that huge stadium so they wouldn't be overwhelmed by it's size on gameday. IMO, that was instrumental in how well the Beavs played, and were IN it to the end.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2010 1:39 pm
 

Beavers paint practice field blue for Boise State

I understand this paint job cost $11,000 and another $11,000 to repaint the field.  Where did the money come from in these depressed economic times...oh yeah, probably from Obumbo's stimulus package.  I understand the anointed one has "friends" in Corvallis but wishes to remain anonymous.



Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 9:38 am
 

Beavers paint practice field blue for Boise State

This is simply a team preparing to play in the conditions in which they play.  Anyone who says it is ridiculous, or admitting defeat, or playing into their hands is just stupid.  The field is blue.  End of discussion.  It doesn't matter whether there is an advantage or not to playing on a blue field.  The fact remains that the field is blue.  So a team preparing to play there needs to get used to it.  It is no different than a team piping in crowd noise to prepare for a big noisy stadium, or a team working out inside with the heat on to prepare to go south for the heat.  It is what it is.  It is just preparing for the conditions that lie ahead.  And a team the REFUSES to prepare for ALL conditions is the failure, not the team doing what they should.

And to the smart guy who claimed no pac10 team can hang with boise, get a clue.  VT forced boise to a last second drive.  They are an ACC team that many pac10 teams can beat (as well as FCS teams).  If they can play against them that well, that should show you that on any given week ANY of the pac10 teams can play with and have a chance to beat boise.



Since: Sep 21, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 4:41 am
 

Beavers paint practice field blue for Boise State

Amen brother!!!



Since: Sep 21, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 4:40 am
 

Beavers paint practice field blue for Boise State

So exactly what was Oregon'e excuse when we went to their house the year before and kicked their asses????



Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2010 2:56 am
 

Beavers paint practice field blue for Boise State

This is hilarious.  Perfect example of a team exposing their fear of losing to Boise.  This is more like a sign of desperation.  Boise, show 'em they're not welcome in Idaho!  I'll be rooting for ya.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:54 am
 

Beavers paint practice field blue for Boise State

Why would you want to blend in?  Then your QB couldn't see your own receivers either.  Your RB would have trouble finding the hole.

They don't "blend in" on the field any more than Baylor or Oregon do on Green fields.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:49 am
 

Beavers paint practice field blue for Boise State

<< So you who have never had to deal with it can call it silly, stupid, rediculous or whatever you like >>

Yeah it was like when I played football on a muddy or snowy field.  It wasn't the adverse conditions that bothered me, it was the field being brown or white instead of green that made the players appear to be different distances apart.  It was just as bad as playing in a 110º heat index.  Get real.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2010 11:34 pm
 

Beavers paint practice field blue for Boise State

I love Riley and Oregon State, but this is ridiculous. You're playing right into Boise's hand by admitting publicly the phantom advantage the blue turf holds. Why don't you line up and just play the Broncos the way the game should be played? You're adding fuel to the myth of that annoying color of field Boise has. The blue was cute once upon a time, but now it's time to act like a big time team and trash the turf. Quit acting like a Big Sky team Boise! No matter what turf this game is played, Boise wins by over 20.


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